The Trump administration issued new rules last October to protect employers from government penalties for rejecting the Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Some drugs could induce abortions, and certain employers have religious or moral objections to offering employees’ health insurance policies that include such pills and devices.
HHS, and the Departments of Treasury and Labor finalized the rules on Thursday (emphasis added).
In October 2017, the Trump Administration issued two interim final rules providing an exemption for those who had sincerely held religious or moral objections to such coverage, while seeking public comment on the rules. The first of today’s final rules provides an exemption from the contraceptive coverage mandate to entities that object to services covered by the mandate on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs. The second final rule provides protections to nonprofit organizations and small businesses that have non-religious moral convictions opposing services covered by the mandate. The religious and moral exemptions provided by these rules also apply to institutions of education, issuers, and individuals. The Departments are not extending the moral exemption to publicly traded businesses, or either exemption to government entities.
“We now have, in this new blanket release for employers with religious and moral objections, an important and meaningful step toward reviving and restoring the integrity of our precious religious freedom, under siege now for years.
“Let’s recall that the preamble to the U.S. Constitution says that the point of the whole effort is ‘to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.’
“Is there anyone that could possibly believe that among these ‘blessings of liberty’ is government mandating employers to buy birth control devices and pills for their employees? And that if they don’t, women are forced ‘to pay for their boss’s religious beliefs’?
“Dripping with irony, and absurdity, is the insistence of these same feminists and left-wing activists that government stay out of our bedrooms, while they are more than glad for government to force our employers into our bedrooms, as long as they show up with their checkbook.”
The U.S. Department of Justice created the Religious Liberty Task Force in July to protect religious individuals and groups whose beliefs conflict with government regulations, namely, killing the unborn and performing genital mutilation surgery (“gender reassignment.”)